BMW reveals the drop-top version of their controversial G22 4-Series.
Following the release of the 4-Series Coupe earlier this year and the recent reveal of the upcoming M4, the awaited convertible 4 variant has been revealed to complete the 4er line-up. Blending driver enjoyment with stylish summer vibes, the new cabrio ditches the outgoing hard-top roof for a stylish soft-top.
The new mechanism trumps the F22’s metal top, leading to a 40 percent decrease in roof weight – and now operable from speeds of up to 50km/h, completing an open or closing cycle in just 18 seconds.
Convertibles have always lacked in the structural rigidity department, but the new 4-Series boasts a four percent increase when compared to the outgoing model. Dimensions have also been increased – 128mm in length and 27mm in width.
Three engines will be available in Australia. The 420i and 430i as expected will utilise the turbo four-cylinder engine, delivering 135kW/300Nm (181hp) and 190kW/400Nm (255hp) respectively; and a performance oriented M440i xDrive will be available with the 275kW (370hp) turbo straight-six. The standard 8-speed automatic will be standard across all models.
It wouldn’t be a 4-Series with the large vertical grille. The front end remains constant with the coupe, which BMW states is used for the increase of airflow to the TwinPower engine, which we’re still unsure about. Additionally up-front, full-LED headlights are standard, with the option of Adaptive LED Headlights that house BMW’s Lazerlight technology.
The interior design speaks a blend of sports car and luxury with Vernasca leather trim, ergonomic heated seating and a sports steering wheel with paddles. The iDrive display is built into the dash and purposefully lifted to eye-level, lining up with the instrument cluster and thus supplementing smooth design with practical functionality. Additionally, wind deflectors and neck warmers are now standard to provide a comfortable and wind-reduced top-down journey.
M Sport models come with a premium hi-fi audio system, and optional BMW Individual Merino and Individual full leather will be made available at a later date.
As stated earlier, the Convertible has an increased level of rigidity compared to the outgoing model. This is made possible by the addition of convertible-specific bracing, an aluminium shear panel towards the front end, and higher strength metals for the side skirts.
All modifications minimise the increase in weight over the coupe, all whilst not compromising on safety nor centre of gravity. Improved aerodynamics and specific tweaks enacted to the geometry of the chassis, mounting and overall set-up all result in an improvement in dynamics and handling when compared to the outgoing F22 generation convertible.
The optional M Sport suspension adds specially tuned dampers to the lesser models, whilst the M Performance model gains Adaptive M suspension with electronically adjustable dampers and an electronically controlled M Sport differential with locking ability in the rear. All variants are fitted variable sports steering and 19-inch alloy wheels, whilst M Sport models get larger brakes than standard – with calipers available in your choice of blue or red.
The new 4-Series Convertible will launch locally in the first quarter of 2021 and prices will be announced closer to the launch date.